Joseph Smith - True or False Prophet?

How to Tell If A Prophet Is True or False

Rembrant's depiction of the fallen prophet Balaam

Rembrant's depiction of the ambivalent prophet Balaam

From a Christian perspective, in a world that is still the stage on which the Prince of the Darkness is still waging a desperate fight against Christ and his followers, it is only natural to imagine that for every true prophet from God, Satan will put out at least one credible false prophet. This has never been a secret; as we have already mentioned, Christ has already warned about this danger:

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." Matt. 7:15.

Another interesting passage dealing with the issue of false prophets can be found in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 22:19-23. Note the phrase a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets in verse 22. (As a side note, while God is not an initiator of evil, he is, in Hebrew thought, the final authority over everything. Therefore, in the above allegoric passage, God is depicted as sending the "lying spirit" to Ahab).

Bible Tests For False and True Prophets

Note: In an attempt to make this page easier to read, the details of each of the Bible tests for prophets listed below can be accessed by clicking on the test you are interested in reading more about.

1. False / True Prophet Test #1: Agreement With the Bible

2. False / True Prophet Test #2: Fulfilled Prophecy

3. False / True Prophet Test #3: By Their Fruits...

4. False / True Prophet Test #4: Confessing Jesus Was Truly God And Truly Man